When journalists and health researchers write about patients seeking access to unproven stem cell interventions, they typically examine international travel
located in China, India, Mexico, and elsewhere. In contrast, most domestic companies marketing unlicensed and untested stem cell procedures attract less scrutiny. This oversight is perplexing because numerous U.S. clinics advertise stem cell interventions for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and other diseases. Such businesses promote and provide stem cell-based biologics that are not backed by credible safety and efficacy data and have not been reviewed and approved by the FDA. Precision StemCell
, based in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is one example of a domestic clinic marketing stem cell interventions that appear to violate federal regulations.
Dr. Jason Williams, a radiologist, established Precision StemCell in 2012. Williams began by marketing adult stem cell procedures for orthopedic problems and sports-related injuries. One of his earliest clients was Rolando McClain, currently a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Shortly after McClain’s procedure, Marquis Maze, then a wide receiver and kick returner for the University of Alabama, received autologous stem cells...